Spotlight on domestic violence
Wednesday was National Remembrance Day for the victims of domestic violence and a group of women set up the community barrow in Carrington St, Lismore, to draw attention to the issue.
The campaign was initiated after four-year-old Darcey Freeman was thrown by her father from the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne in 2009, but it is to remember all victims of domestic violence.
Approximately 76 women are killed in Australia each year by a current or former male partner and many children are also killed by fathers hostile about separation from the child’s mother.
“Domestic violence does take lives. Women and children do die. It’s serious,” said Kellie Young, co-ordinator of the Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services.
“But there is so much of it, it is almost taken for granted,” added Lilian Gomez from the Community Legal Centre. The national campaign is demanding that each state establish an independent Domestic Violence Homicide/Death Review Board.